Mental healthcare feeling strain of state budget cuts, study says
Mental healthcare services continue to feel the pinch of strained state budgets, as a new study shows states cut more than $1.6 billion in general funds from their state mental health agency budgets from fiscal years 2009 through 2012.
More seniors with mental health issues ending up in the ER
By Stephanie Bouchard, Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance News
HONOLULU – A study presented last month at the annual American Psychiatric Association conference points to a pending crisis in geriatric psychiatry
States slash $1.8 billion in mental health funds since 2009
By Sophie Terbush, USA TODAY
Since 2009, state legislatures have cut $1.8 billion in non-Medicaid mental health spending, according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Of Medical Specialties, Demand for Psychiatrists Growing Fastest
By Stephanie Steinberg, USA TODAY
A national physician recruiting firm says the demand for psychiatrists is climbing faster than for any other medical specialty.
Joint SAMHSA AHRQ Study Reveals that the Vast Majority of Psychiatric Treatment in Community Hospitals Occurs in Specialty Units
Over 90 percent of psychiatric patients who received treatment in community hospitals were cared for in hospital-based psychiatric specialty units, according to a study sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
New Rules Promise Better Mental Health Coverage
by Robert Pear
The New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued new rules on Friday that promise to improve insurance coverage of mental health care for more than 140 million people insured through their jobs.
Interim Rule Issued on Mental Health Parity
The Obama administration issued an interim final rule that offers guidance on how the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act will be implemented. Passed in 2008, the act requires that any
Mental Health Still Seen Lagging
Washington, D.C. – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released a new report, Grading the States, assessing the nation’s public mental health care system for adults and finding that the national average grade is a D.
Fact Sheet for Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital
Section 9105 of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-272) amended Section 1886(d)(5) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to add new subparagraph (F), known as the Medicare Disproportionate
Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA)
On October 3, 2008, the President signed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). Key changes made by MHPAEA, which is generally effective for plan years beginning after October 3, 2009, include the following: